Monthly Archives: December 2015

Business On A Budget

 

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10 Legitimate Businesses You Can Start for Under $20

I found this article a great read! #1 and #2 are my favorite! I help people build a very lucrative career in those areas. For more info on how I can help check out these services here. Enjoy this great article!

 

Whether you’re starting a business on the side while still employed elsewhere, a student or homemaker looking for extra income, or unemployed and trying to figure out what to do, there are plenty of opportunities for you to start up a side business inexpensively. It’s unlikely any of these will make you a living in the first few months, but they all have the potential to grow into full-time businesses.

We’ll take a look at 10 such opportunities and, most importantly, tell you what to do with the $20!

1. Webpreneur

It’s what everyone who’s ever surfed the Web dreams of-just stick a web site up there and watch the cash roll in! Well, that just doesn’t happen overnight, but the fact of the matter is it’s really not very hard to do.

To do it right, start by picking a subject matter you know a lot about. Then get a domain and create a web site. It doesn’t even matter what technology you use-just be totally anal-retentive about it looking good and provide plenty of original content. Now find some appropriate affiliate programs-that’s where your revenues are going to come from. Next, learn everything you can about search engine marketing and promote the heck out of your site. Last of all, set aside time every week to put new content on the site, delete dead links, and other maintenance. Now do this three or four times, and you’ve chosen your topics well, you might actually have some decent income from it.

Spend the $20 on: $8 or less for a domain (see our Online Business Guide’s list of cheap domain name registrars) and $12 for a year of hosting (search for “$1 hosting”).

2. Consultant

Getting into consulting is relatively simple. All you have to do is know how to do something better than most people do, and be able to either teach people how to do it or be willing to do it for them. Networking is the key to success in this business, so start by making a list of everyone you know and giving them all a call.

Spend the $20 on: $14 on a box of clean-edge laser or inkjet business cards and $6 buying your first prospect a cup of coffee one morning.

3. Housesitter / Petsitter

Particularly since 9/11, people feel an increased need for security, and housesitting gives them some reassurance while they’re out of town. This one’s great because it basically requires no particular skills, just trustworthiness and reliability. Be sure to have personal references available, and you’ll also need reliable transportation. If you’re an animal lover, petsitting is an easy add-on.

Spend the $20 on: $2 on flyers to put up on bulletin boards, and the rest on classified ads in your local neighborhood paper (not a big city-wide one).

4. Professional Organizer

People these days are simply overwhelmed by their “stuff”. While there is an ever-growing trend of people wanting to simplify their lives, most of us haven’t done it yet. It’s not that people really have no clue how to get organized, it just keeps moving to the bottom of the stack, both figuratively and literally. There’s a prime opportunity for people to come in at a reasonable rate and get houses organized. And while there is a National Association of Professional Organizers that you can join when you’re ready, mostly it takes common sense, organizational skills, and a familiarity with what can be had at your local office supply and The Container Store.

Spend the $20 on: Classified ads.

5. Avon Independent Sales Representative

Cosmetics is a virtually recession-proof business, because it’s an inexpensive way for people to feel good about themselves. Avon is the largest consumer direct sales company in the world, with annual sales of nearly $6 billion. In business for well over 100 years, they have both a highly reputable product line and one of the few highly reputable multi-level marketing structures (in fact, they invented it). They also offer fashion and wellness products in addition to their beauty products. And while they bill themselves as “The Company for Women”, a fairly substantial number of men have actually been very successful as Avon reps. The secret to making a living at it rather than just a little extra spending money? Build your downline-just like with any other network marketing or direct selling business.

Spend the $20 on: $10 signup fee, and $10 on brochures and a few samples.

6. Personal Services – Shopping & Errands

This is a great one going into the holiday season. Believe it or not, there are people who wouldn’t be caught dead going anywhere near a mall, but they’re not comfortable with buying certain items online, either. Again, trustworthiness and dependability are the key traits for this. If your car’s not reliable, pick something else. Also, you won’t need cash, but you’ll need available credit on your credit cards, since you really can’t use theirs.

Consider an American Express or a Diner’s Club that don’t have preset spending limits. Or use a card that gives cash back reward or frequent flyer miles, and you’ll make a nice little bonus for yourself.

Spend the $20 on: $1 on flyers and the rest on classified ads.

7. Desktop Publishing

It’s amazing how many people have a computer and still don’t know how to make a decent flyer! If you’ve got a good design sense, are extremely familiar with your word processor, and already have a laser or high-quality inkjet printer, you can get into desktop publishing. Create a really great-looking portfolio for yourself and go door-to-door.

Spend the $20 on: Some high-quality paper to create your samples on.

8. Tutoring

With the growing dissatisfaction with our education system and the huge growth in homeschooling, there’s an unprecedented need for tutors these days for kids of all ages-even adults! If you’ve got a topic you can tutor in, contact the local schools, particularly private ones, and local homeschool groups, and offer your services. Don’t be concerned if your topic is highly specialized-even those are in demand.

Spend the $20 on: $14 on a box of clean-edge laser or inkjet business cards and $6 on flyers.

9. eBay Seller

Yes, there really are people who make a decent living buying things at garage sales and flea markets and selling them on eBay.

The big secrets? Stick to products you know (or learn before you start) extremely well, package your goods carefully, and provide impeccable customer service. It helps to have a digital camera or a scanner, but it’s not required.

Spend the $20 on: Your first inventory at a garage sale.

10. Secretarial Service – Typing / Transcription / Proofreading

Many small businesses and individuals have a need for these services, but not enough need to hire a temp through an agency.

Assuming you’ve got a computer, a printer, and e-mail (and the necessary skills), you’re all set. Be prepared to charge by the job, not by the hour.

Spend the $20 on: $14 on a box of clean-edge laser or inkjet business cards and $6 on flyers.

One last thing-beware of home-based business scams that require a substantial buy-in, such as envelope-stuffing or craft item assembly. You may not lose money on it if you stick with it long enough to get really fast at it, but you’ll probably never make the kind of money you’re expecting to. Better to do something on your own.

 

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My Christmas Testimony

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MAY YOUR DAY BE MERRY & BRIGHT….

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MY FAMILY TO YOURS!

This year Christmas is extra special to me. Mainly because last Christmas was such an eye opening experience for me. Last Christmas was especially a rough time for me. Earlier that year I walked away from a business that I had invested over 150k of my personal savings into. I had other ventures I was engaged in, but nothing that was bringing me enough of an income.

That Christmas I was rebuilding both mentally and financially. I felt so bad b/c I couldn’t buy my kids much for Christmas. Fortunately every year their dad sends them wrapped gifts to open for Christmas so they had gifts to open. I know that Christmas is not about the gifts, but it really hurt me. As a mother that has always provided for my boys it was a tough pill to swallow.

Fast forward one year later and I have recouped the money I lost plus. This year we went shopping for a Christmas tree. My boys love real trees. I let them pick whatever tree they wanted. I did not look at tags. They picked this ridiculously large tree that I don’t like lol. This year I had to stop myself from buying so many gifts for them. I want to make them happy not overly spoil them.

I feel so incredibly blessed today and EVERYDAY. The gifts are not the blessing. The blessings are my children and the fact that God has provided for me. God’s grace and mercy is the blessing that allowed me to rebuild, recoup and mentally recover. At the end of it all I learned a few lessons:

  1. It was only money that I lost. Money comes and money goes. Although we all need money to survive- to buy food, have shelter, etc. it is with the right mindset and tenacity that you can always get money back. There are so many other things in life that can’t ever be replaced.
  2. Depend on Yourself. I decided to finally package and sell my gifts and talents. I had businesses before in which I did not have the passion that I should have had. When the passion fades so does the business! I have a gift and a passion for building and growing businesses. People asked me for my advice all the time. As a person that has always been obsessed with branding and marketing, that built a multiple six figure brand previously, I started branding myself and marketing my knowledge. No one can ever take knowledge way from you. No matter how emotionally broken you become, how many bad situations you experience, not matter how many bones you break..you can always make money if you can sell KNOWLEDGE.
  3. The bounce back is always stronger. Life is full of ups and downs. It’s the way it’s supposed to be. Things will not always be great and things will not always be bad. What matters is how you bounce back. I have been without before and each time it has made for a better story. A story of lessons, growth and faith. I have come out of each of these situations in a better position. However you must have rain to get the rainbow!

If you’re down this Christmas or if this Christmas (or any other day) is not going the way you want. Just know that you have the ability to change it all. You are in total control of your destiny! Keep the faith. Keep pushing.

Merry Christmas,

Lenise

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How Marketing is Much Like Dating

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Marketing and Dating. Both are fun, right?! Believe it or not the two are a lot alike. When a person is dating they are actually in the marketing business…. it sounds cheesy but it is true. Before you laugh at me and stop reading please hear me out! Let me explain how the two are soooooo closely related.

Go to person you are looking for. When you are interested in dating you will likely hang out in places where there are other single people.The single person likely won’t hang out at romantic dim lit restaurants or hang out with a married couple all the time.  They will hang out in places where the type of partner they’d like will also hang out. It is the same thing for your business. If you are trying to attract a certain type of client you will need to hang out in all the places that the potential client will hang out.If you want a high caliber client you will need to hang out where the high caliber client will hang out. If you want a mom as a client you will need to be where the ideal mom you are in search of will be. You will attract them if you are in the place they are. Often you have to go to them so that they will know that you exist.

2. Perception is reality. “Looking good has nothing to do with my great work”, “Only God can judge me”…blah,blah,blah. The point of the matter is that perception IS the reality for most people! If someone is going out trying to catch the eye of that great single man/woman they must look their best. I doubt that someone would go to a great hang out spot full of amazing single people dressed in raggedy clothing and dirty hair. Well I hope they wouldn’t… lol. The same goes for marketing your business. When you market your business it (and YOU) need to look FAB! You have about 3 seconds to make a good impression. Remember if you nor your marketing material, website, etc look the part that great guy nor that great customer will give you the attention you want.

3. Authenticity. Never would a single person want to meet an eligible person and learn that who they posed to be is not who they really are. I know, I know..it happens ALL the time! lol Falling for the good ole okey doke! The same thing goes for your business. Show people who you really are and what you are really about. If your brand promises high quality work be sure to provide just what you have promised. Be yourself. Do not try to be like the “competitor”. If that eligible person does not like you and doesn’t wish to date you….who cares! If that potential client does not like you and what you offer…who cares! The right person is out there and is looking for someone just like YOU!

4. Build strong friendships. Everyone knows that the best romantic relationships are those that have a foundation in friendship. Before anyone can go to the next level with that special someone they want to get to know them and want to trust them with their precious heart. Your marketing campaign for your business and interaction with potential clients should help you develop the know, like and trust factor. Potential clients want to know you, like you and trust you before they give you a dime of their hard earned money just like the single person and their heart.

5. It’s a number’s game. Research suggests that you get at least 1,000 new eyes/leads on your product/ services to get ONE sale. That’s lots of prospects to get one deal, right? Think about how many dates you have to go on to find “the one”. You may have kissed lots of frogs, but in the end it will all be worth it.

Do you see how dating can teach you lots about business and vice versa? The parallels are endless. Successful entrepreneurs as well as those in happy relationship/marriages all understand the importance of each and every one of these steps.

Can you think of any additional examples? I’d love to  hear from you please share your examples and/or comments below.

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